First of all... the MAG-7, made by TEHCNO-ARMS PTY LTD. of South Africa, is a little pump-action shotgun made primarily for Military/LE purposes, but shortly thereafter thrown in the civilian market. It feeds by a 5-rounds magazine LOCATED INSIDE THE PISTOL GRIP (!), and fires proprietary 12-gauge rounds which have a 60mm caliber (2,1/3 Inches, approx.); now, follow the link AND see the picture here attached: you'll notice differences between the FIRST BATCH PRODUCTION MODEL (the attached pic) and the CURRENT MANUFACTURE version (the first pic you find following the link); in fact, the first batch production models had several problems in controllability and operationals in general (I received a report from a South African user of this shotgun, stating something like "looks like the ergonomic of this shotgun has been engineered by Marquis De Sade: the grip is a bitch to handle if you have small hands, the pump operation may bite your fingers if you have BIG hands, the safety lever and the magazine release button are located in a very odd way, and the recoil is the shit"). The new manufacture models, instead, have a better ergonomics and a new, more efficient muzzle brake - flash suppressor to reduce recoil and muzzle flash (I still suggest you to wear protective when you fire it indoors, if you can). The 60mm proprietary shells were very hard to find and highly priced when the first MAG-7s were released, now I don't know exactly the price but it has sensibly gone down. Those 60mm shells are underperforming respect to the "standard" 12-gauge ones, but them are still great for CQB distances. The first production batch MAG-7 had an upfolding stock, similar to a shrinked version of the SPAS-12 one; it is also available on the newly manufactured MAG-7, but while the first production ones had it standard and non-removable, in the new models this is removable, and it's an OPTIONAL. Furthermore, for hunting purposes a "MAG-7/M1" version has been released, it features a longer barrel and a fixed wooden stock, it DOES makes the shotgun more controllable and less annoying with recoil and muzzle flash and "bang" in general, but it also makes the shotgun lose its "mystique".
Submitted by: Pierangelo Tendas